I must say Ontario has impressed me with one of the most lovely, quaint wine regions I've ever seen. Prince Edwards County is a little known treasure less than 2 hours from Whitby (3 from Toronto) and is home to 31 wineries and a handful of 'foodie' destinations that have rave reviews. Touting to have a climate and soil resemble that of Burgundy, France, producing excellent and unique flavours and award- winning vino Scenic, uncrowded country wine trails, dollar tastes and friendly folks make this day trip amazing and memorable. You can expect to visit farms with barn tasting rooms...done up very nicely. An old school house tasting room surrounded by acres under vine, and some more modern venues as well. We visited 5 of the 31 and I am ready for more. Lunch in Wellington will amaze you to find such reasonable, fancy fare in a picturesque setting. If time allows, there are two artisan cheese companies offering tasting near Picton. (Another 1/2 hour up the road.) They are small, but packed with yummy offerings. We found a ‘50s style dairy that had an old-fashioned malt to die for. (that was dinner) All make for an eclectic mix of small town country charm, fancy food, unique wines and an unpretentious Ontario experience that promises many of life’s treasures.
Here are my favourites....wish I had time to check out more:
-Sandbanks Estate Winery
-By Chadsey’s Cairns (MY FAV – HAVE EVENTS THERE)
-Wapoo - BEAUTIFUL - on the water. Bit of a drive but worth it. http://www.waupooswinery.com/
-Norman Hardie – More on the fine wine side...less on the scenic and ambience experience
Here is a website with more info: http://www.bringmywine.ca/prince_edward_county_wine.html
Enjoy this treasure before it gets too big.
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